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October 1969

Primary Carcinoma of the Male Breast

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Surgical Service, Wadsworth Hospital, Veterans Administration Center, Los Angeles (Drs. Stephenson and Gordon), and the Department of Surgery, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Dr. Gordon).

Arch Surg. 1969;99(4):529-530. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1969.01340160109025

Male breast carcinoma is an uncommon entity. There are probably many physicians in practice today who have never dealt with this tumor. The Wadsworth Veterans Hospital admitted only 20 patients with such a tumor during the past 20 years.

This paper will summarize these patients, stressing the fairly typical manner in which these tumors became manifest in the host and the methods of extirpative, as well as palliative, treatment.

Clinical Material  The average age in our series of patients was 64 years, with a range of 38 to 78 years. This age group is somewhat older than that found with female breast carcinoma.The presence of a mass was the presenting complaint in 100% of our patients; pain as a presenting symptom was recorded in only two patients. The tumor was unilateral in 100%, and the average duration of time from onset of symptom to medical treatment was eight months,

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